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“Even if you think you know Hanoi this tour is still full of surprises”
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Owner description: One Day in Hanoi is a unique day tour organized by Autochtones, a non profit organization (registered French charity). Join us to explore a side of the capital very few tourists experience. The tour includes laughing yoga, a cooking class, lotus tea tasting, cycling, a reflexology massage... And for the food lovers, join our street food tours to wake up your taste buds!
Reviewed 20 April 2014

The tour was really great! A bit exhausting but that was fine for us since we had been really lazy the last week. I really liked that we were never in a hurry and always stopped for snacks and drinks. Quy was really funny and nice. The only thing that could be better are the information about Vietnam that we got on the way. To get a bit more than what you find in most tourist books would round up the tour. But overall it was really a great experience!

1  Thank Pauline G
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

We were thoroughly charmed after spending a day with Minh, our excellent guide from Autochtones! A jovial, knowledgeable, passionate and proud HCM native who now lives in Hanoi with his wife, Minh showed us his Hanoi.

We started the day with a group of locals, led by Laughing Yoga instructor, Vinh, at a park by the lake at 6am to breathe, dance and laugh our way into a healthier day. Laughing Yoga is hilarious, at the same time, invigorating and tested our cheek and spontaniety to new levels! It was so much fun.

We spent the next few hours talking food and coffee. Minh took us through a narrow alley that revealed a gorgeous quiet sanctuary that is a home and a rooftop cafe at the same time. Minh explained this is one of 2 remaining cafes serving Cà Phê Trung - egg coffee. Traditional, sweet, thick and wonderfully soothing. Minh is a coffee expert himself, and took the time to explain to us what really goes into Vietnamese coffee.

Breakfast beckoned next once our taste buds were awakened and caffeinated. We went, by foot, in search of Bun Rieu Cua, crab and tomato noodles topped with fish cake, pork, herbs, chilli and home-brewed rice vinegar. Such. Beautiful. Flavours.

What we loved about Minh was that once we chatted more, he found out we loved food as much as he did. After which he promptly walked us more around the Old Quarter, pointing us to famous sights but also stopping to buy us traditional mung bean rice cakes for us to try. We visited the local flower market to experience the madness of preparing for Tet.

We later sought respite in a local wet market to buy ingredients for our cooking class later, instructed by his lovely wife. Our lunch of Cha Gio, steamed vegetables and stewed pork in a whole coconut was a revelation in simplicity. Massage, precious lotus tea appreciation followed after, and we ended our day with Minh showing us proudly the plots of cherry blossom and kumquat plants that his family owned and leased to other locals for Tet.

Thanks to Minh, his wife and his family, we felt the warmth of the people, and the buzz and spirit of the city. We saw it in Minh, we tasted it in the food and coffee he got us to try, we felt it over tea and conversation with his wife.

1  Thank shidababe
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

If you're traveling to Hanoi or if you'll use Hanoi as your starting-point on a longer Vietnamese journey, this is a perfect tour to start with. It will give you crucial information about food, language and culture in Vietnam that you'll have so much use of. I travelled in Vietnam for two months and I wish I took this tour when I arrived. The reason why I liked it was because it was very well organized, it was full of nice food experiences, I gained a better understanding of the language and the guide spoke excellent English. There are no hidden charges (which is quite common on other tours) and you'll get more than you paid for. This tour is organized with excellence and delivered with passion. Be sure to be rested though. :)

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1  Thank Jonas H
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

A MUST for the traveller that wants to see how the locals enjoy life in this crazy,hectic,Asian city that has more hidden corners than Rubics Cube.It's a very busy day and closely supervised --
there's skill learned to cross the road !! Navigating markets ! Ordering street food ! Cycling ! Lotus tea ! Lunch of your own made VN Spring Rolls ! Interesting Coffee Stops
and all meals etc.covered made this a great value fun and unique day

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Reviewed 10 December 2013

I highly recommend this as a day tour for those wanting to see a more local and authentic side to Hanoi. It starts bright and early with laughing yoga, which is great fun as the name suggests. Definite highlights were the pho breakfast and lunch at the secret garden. I also really enjoyed the bicycle ride at the end of the day around West Lake. I did this tour when it first started up earlier this year and have since recommended it to my friends and family. My mum did it about a month ago and also had a great experience.

Thank KarenM2010
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